Sew Americana Blog Tour 2019

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The Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Katy of Wild and Wanderful and Thread and Grain has become a tradition for us.  For the past four years, my sister and I have joined in the fun, sewing for our kids, and doing cute cousin photos in their new handmades.   We’ve done pretty dresses, fun play clothes, swimsuits, and this year we decided on pjs.  We even through in our little boys for even more cuteness (and chaos!).

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After a marathon day of sewing, our photoshoot at dusk with six kiddos was an adventure!  My sister and her kids have lived all over the country (they’re currently in Colorado) and we cherished the few days we had with them.  They sure love each other and are too cute when they get together.

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For these looks, we used a ton of stash fabrics, mostly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We also had fun using our favorite everyday patterns to create comfy loungewear that doubles as play clothes for those long summer days that tend to blend together!

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These two are wearing Hey June Racerback dresses hacked to be top length paired with Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pajamas shorts.

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The boys are sporting Titchy Threads Rowan tees and Oliver + S Sunny Day shorts.  My Charlie is indeed wearing his backward, lol!

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Little Edie is adorable in Sew Much Ado’s free nightgown pattern.

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And finally, my oldest is sporting Love Notions Leggins and girls Classic Tee. She loves that she can wear these as separates during the day too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!  It really is one of our favorites all year.  We love the chance it gives us to pause for a moment and really celebrate this great country we live in.  The other bloggers this week have been so inspiring and I hope you take a minute to check them out!


Monday, June 24:
Wild & Wanderful · The Petite Sewist · That’s-Sew-Kari · Stitched by Jennie · Marvelous Auntie M

Tuesday, June 25:
Petite Stitchery · auschick sews · Sew Simple Home · Sewing Novice · Striped Swallow Designs

Wednesday, June 26:
(Swimming in a) Sea of Estrogen · The Eli Monster · 5 out of 4 Patterns · bigflynotions · Stitching and Making

Thursday, June 27:
Middle River Studio · It’s Liesel · Crafty Curly Couture · Sewing with D · Kitty Makes It

Friday, June 28:
Boo + Lu · Sequoialynn Sews · Seams Sew Lo · Made By Jaime · SewSophieLynn

 

Thanks Katy for hosting this fun party every year!

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Project Run and Play:Project Farmer’s Market

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Project Run and Play is an institution in the children’s sewing community.  The talent that makes up the PRP alumni is staggering.  When I heard that a group of past designers was putting together a capsule wardrobe collection, Project Farmer’s Market, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it!  I was honored to be able to sew up a few pieces of the collection and to get together with a couple of past PRP contestants for an epic photo shoot was like a dream come true.

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For our shoot, I joined Lisa of Mabey She Made It and Sabra of Sew A Straight Line.  My kids had met theirs at past photo shoots or park playdates and it was so fun to see them instantly get comfortable with each other.  You could tell this wasn’t their first rodeo as they turned on the charm and smiles and nailed whatever us crazy moms told them to do.  Totally blogger kids and such cuties!

A HUGE shout out to Raspberry Creek Fabrics for sponsoring this photo shoot.  All of my fabrics are from the shop.

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For my looks I sewed up 5 pieces from the collection (and one freebie!).  I sewed the Banana Boat Tee, Soleil Skirt, Turnip Up Trousers, Up Beet Tee, and Jonagold Jumper.  The collection is full of both girl and unisex patterns and a huge size range making them something you can use for years to come.  I really love patterns that I can use for multiple views and more than one kid.  These patterns checked all my boxes.

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Charlie got a pair of Turnip Up short and an Up Beet Tee from Celina of Petit a Petite.  This is such a great summer outfit.

Charlie2The Up Beet Tee has such a unique construction.  The sleeve piece extends to the back yoke for such a cool look.  I love the stripe and solid pairing- it really highlights the shoulder detail.  Of course I had to throw on a little vinyl.  This little guy is looking so ‘fresh’ it was totally appropriate 😉  I used a font and image available in Cricut Design Space for a tee that was perfect for our produce themed shoot.

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The Turnip Up Trousers are so full of amazing details.  I love the bound seams and he loves the knit waistband.  With multiple pockets these are perfect for those little treasure hunters out there.

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I love this easy tee and shorts combo.  It’s comfy but definetely not boring.  With unconventional details these patterns are great additions to my pattern collection.

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My Sophie is at the top of most kids sizing and I was thrilled to see she could squeeze into this look by Jess from Lil Luxe Collection.  The Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt were just perfect for this fashion forward tween.

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The Banana Boat Tee is so darn cute!  I want it in my size!  Sleeve cuffs, button tabs, side drawstring rouching, and a wide boat neckline take this tee over the top.  So many darling details!

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In a drapey rayon spandex, it pairs perfectly with the Soleil Skirt but also looks so cute with jeans.

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The Soleil Skirt has a faux front button placket, back elastic waist, pockets, three lengths and optional suspender straps.  It’s one I can see turning to again and again.

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The Jonagold Jumper was the one I was most excited to sew up.  My girls have been begging for overalls and it’s just so hard to get them that fit them both in the length and width.  Shortalls can be soooo short on their long legs and long overalls tend to be capris 😉  This pattern is so full of options they can have a closetful now!

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I sewed up the squared bib, shorts version but there are also pant and skirt options.  You can add patch pockets to the bib and front hips too.

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This simple chambray version will get worn to death this summer!  I sewed up the free Seed headscarf and it adds the perfect touch to this outfit.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to share this amazing collection with you.  What a pleasure it was to be back in PRP mode for this shoot!  For some serious eye candy, sit back and relax with the brilliant Lookbook– so much goodness in one place.

You can get the whole Project Farmer’s Market Collection here, the unisex mini collection here, and the girls mini collection here.  All individual patterns are available in the PRP shop.

 

Riley Blake Sharks Novelty

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Sometimes a quick sew can be so, so rewarding.  Like sewing up a set up shark pj’s for my shark-obsessed kiddo.  His reaction when he came home from school to hot off the machine pajamas was priceless!  Bonus, it’s pajama day at school today so this kid is set!

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He was all in for taking photos too!  He excitedly ratteled off fact after fact about sharks.  Did you know that the Bull Shark can kill a person in the least amount of bites?  Or that the Whale Shark is the biggest shark?  As he read this book to me he kept telling me little bits of info followed by “But I already knew that”.  I love that he is so passionate about learning all that he can!

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On our trip to Monterey last summer, he was in awe of all the sharks at the aquarium and used his precious souvenier money for this giant hammerhead shark.  His big brothers continue to tease him to this day about his splurge but let me tell you, that shark is one of his most prized possessions.  It was well worth it and has been so well-loved.  (Here he’s telling me all about how the hammerhead can see in all directions to look for food and how there are plates in it’s head for ramming into predators.)

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For these pajamas I used Riley Blake’s Sharks Novelty Blue and Fins Novelty Light Blue paired with Grey 1/2″ knit stripes.  I love the stripes with the shark prints for a boy look that’s not too babyish.

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For these quick and easy pajamas, I used the FREE Walk the Plank pajama pants from Patterns for Pirates paired with the Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt (sized up one for a looser fit).  I sewed up a size 5 waist with a 7 length for the pants and a straight size 5 for the knee-length shorts.  The pajama pants are available for the whole family and are a great wardrobe staple.  They are loose fitting but not too huge and I always find the fit pretty spot on.  They make a great project for anyone just learning to sew too!

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Make sure to check out your local quilt and fabric shops for this cute fabric.  If you have a little shark lover you will make their day! No scary sharks here, just one happy little man!

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Fabric was sponsored by Riley Blake Designs but all opinions and shark facts are my own 😉

 

Suit Up For Summer Day 5

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Can you believe we made it to the last day of the Suit Up For Summer Blog Tour?!  Not gonna lie, I’m going to sleep well tonight!  I’ve so enjoyed sewing swimwear and the sensational seamstresses on the tour have continued to impress me day after day.  My jaw hits the floor with each new suit I’ve seen.  It’s been a week of incredible ingenuity and I’ve found so many prints and patterns to add to my sewing queue.

Make sure you read to the end of the post to take advantage of the great discounts and to follow the links to all the other stops on the tour.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for some awesome inspiration.

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Today I’m sharing a trio of suits and their matching cover-ups.  This fabric combo right here has been taunting me in my dreams ever since I laid eyes on them.  I saved them to sew up very last as my incentive to get everything else done!  All that blush pink makes my heart burst!

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For the swimsuit I used the Blush Floral swim knit paired with Mauve Polka Dot Mesh.

This fabric combo is so sweet and precious.  I used the Lainey Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids.  I knew I wanted a little ruffle for the mesh and the Lainey includes a ruffle option.  I used the double ruffle hack on the M4M blog to really highlight that pretty mesh.

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I adore this pattern and I think she’s gotten one every year since it released.  I think that’s a tradition I can get behind.  I love the bum coverage and that one shoulder look is just so adorbs!

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If you are new to sewing swimsuits I highly recommend the Made for Mermaids patterns for great step by step instructions (Boo! Designs is another pattern company that is fantastic for swimwear beginners).  The construction of the suits is pretty ingenious to give you hidden seams whether you do a full or partial lining.  For this suit I fully lined the bottoms and just lined the front of the top.  This fabric is surprisingly thick and opaque for having so much white background.  In general, Raspberry Creek Fabrics base is a little thicker than what you might be used to and I never worry about it being sheer.

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I used another Made for Mermaids pattern to create this perfect cover-up.  The Spencer Robe is a great unisex pattern that can be used for so many things.  In this gorgeous french terry it makes the ideal thing to throw on before or after a swim.  It’s not too thick but is still nice and cozy.

Made for Mermaids is celebrating a huge milestone in their Facebook Group with a discount code through tonight March 15th at midnight CST.  Now’s your chance to grab these patterns for a steal!

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This girl has been wanting a real one-piece swimsuit forever!  I always have to gear up for lots of size blending and a couple of muslins to get something that will fit her lean long torso.  The Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam was such a good pattern to work with and we’re loving this classic suit.  Paired with some Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads it’s a look that we both are crazy about.

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I think you can never go wrong with gingham and I’m thrilled that Raspberry Creek is offering it in red this year.  This navy floral board short fabric was one of our most loved prints this collection.   Together they make the most adorable pairing!

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I love that she can wear this outfit from the pool to the picnic afterwards.  Board shorts are my go-to swim cover-up and I’ll happily brainwash convert this little miss to them too 😉

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This little man got one more suit too!  The Palm Euros from Sew Like My Mom are just about the cutest thing on little boys.  I used this stripe for a preppy look that we both can get behind.  I sized up one size for him to give him a bit more wiggle room.  These are jammers length shortened a couple of inches.

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Lowland Kids released this cute Racerback Hoodie this week and I knew it’d be a great top to throw on with his suits.  In a cozy heathered french terry, it will be just warm enough after swimming.

You can also grab a code to get the hoodie for just $4 in the Lowland Kids Facebook Group that is good through midnight tonight as well.

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These suits were some of my favorites ever!  I love the vibrant cute fabrics and I’m glad I turned to some tried and true patterns for them.  As I was sewing swimwear all week I took a few notes on things I couldn’t live without.

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You can find my swim fabric tips here but these are all my favorite tools to have handy.  When it comes to cutting slinky swim knit pattern weights, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat are your best friends.  When trying to keep your seams lined up, you can never have enough clips.  Glue sticks are also super helpful for bindings, hems, or even stripe matching seams.  I use sharp pins when attaching elastic though so that I can guarantee the elastic won’t pull the clips off.  Swimwear elastic is key!  Most patterns will call for it and the stretch and width of the elastic are all vital.  When sewing on my regular machine, I like to use Eloflex stretch thread in my bobbin.  It gives your seams a little more stretch and stability than a regular thread will.

For hems, I swear by Heat n Bond Soft Stretch.  It will hold your hem in place and makes it super easy to fold the slippery fabric up into place.  When actually hemming a stretch twin needle has always worked well for me.  I will use a zig zag stitch for elastic but love a good double stitch hem on a rashguard or tankini top.

Phew!  Did you make it to the end?!  Thanks so much for joining us this week.  It’s been a privilege to work with so many fantastic designers and so many creative and gifted bloggers.

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

 

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Suit Up For Summer Day Three

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Day three of the Suit Up For Summer Tour is here!  I’ve got a little blog miracle happening today- you get to see a rarity around these parts.  My oldest is joining in the fun!

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He’s headed to the sun for spring break this year so he was happy to get a new swimsuit.  I love this classic Leaf Outline boardshort print.  It’s a print that works great for everyone and looks fantastic with a little pop of color.

I used the 5 out of 4 Men’s Swim Trunks with a couple easy modifications.  He wears a mens medium in ready-to-wear and fell right into the size medium for these too.  I always think that’s helpful especially when sewing for others.  I added grommets to the outside so we could see the functioning drawstring.  I also shortened the length per his request.  The pattern is a fairly quick sew and the tutorial was very straightforward.  I needed a sewing win and these delivered!

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These fit just like he was hoping.  I’ve gotten to the point with him that I don’t dare buy him clothes anymore since he’s extremely picky.  To get his approval on this suit is a MAJOR mom win! (Cue the confetti cannons!)

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These trunks will work so great for him.  They can go from the pool to the hamburger joint no problemo!

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That’s five kiddos in mama-made swimsuits!  We better hit the pool stat!  I’m so grateful for RCF that I could get fabrics that speak to each of their personalities and tastes.  I love that they can coordinate without being too matchy matchy (they would die of embarrassment at this point!).

Have you been speechless at the amazing suits this week?  I can’t get over the incredibly cute looks each and every day.  Today is no exception!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Day Two Suit Up For Summer

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We’re here on Day Two of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up For Summer Tour.  After yesterday’s fantastic posts I now have a list of swimsuit patterns to try out for myself!  So much cuteness!

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Today I’m sharing a couple of girls swimsuits but first let me tell you a little story full of high hopes, dashed dreams, seam rippers and caffeine.   There once was a mom who dreamed of making swimsuits for her little princesses because they struggled fitting into just any old swimsuit.  She knew custom swim gowns were in order and knew she could call on her years of experience to make their wishes a reality.  Fast forward to many long afternoons and unpicked seams later and their mom was hoping for a visit from the sewing fairy godmother.  Back in reality we find the heroine left with mediocre fruits of her hours of labor.

Guys, I’m here to tell you not everything that comes off your sewing machine will be a prize winner.  And even though I’m supposed to be here to share my infinite sewing wisdom with ya’ll, sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

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This cute girly LOVES rashguard suits.  She fell in love with this geometric print and I knew it’d be perfect for the look she wanted.   I used our favorite girls raglan pattern, the Camden Raglan, from Hey June Handmade.  It’s our go-to for jersey tees and I used it for last years suit as well..  I sewed it up in a flash and all looked great until she tried it on.  The neck was way too wide for a true rashguard look, the vinyl was too low, and I had kept the length I usually add to her tees so it was a good two inches too long. So off went the neckband and I seam ripped the whole front off and recut it to bring the vinyl up.  I then sewed on a new, wider neckband that was a touch shorter to bring in the shoulders as well.  The final top is fantastic and I’m glad I took the time to get the look right.

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I used a file found in Cricut Design Space for the graphic and Cricut SportFlex Iron-On for the perfect summer time look.  I used SportFlex Iron-On last year for some rashguards and it held up so well to hours in the pool and lots of washing.  It’s a great product if you’re looking to customize your swim or workout wear.

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We did a pair of boyshort bottoms using the Rissa Hipster Boy Shorts from Plucky Butterfly.   I love the cut of these and think they look darling on her.  They come together quick and the pattern is so full of options from undies to skirted swim bottoms.

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As soon as I saw these stripes I knew I wanted to revisit the Azur Swimsuit from Titchy Threads.  I had sewed this pattern once before but never finished it due to fit issues and my own errors.  Surely I could conquer it now with more experience, right?!  I’ve mentioned earlier that my girls don’t fall into standard size measurements.  I need to blend sizes and add length to most everything I make.  This swimsuit proved to be a challenge to get right.

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I adore the cool retro style.  It’s fully reversible which makes playing with fabric combos so fun.

All errors with this suit are purely my own issues.  It’s a fantastic pattern and the instructions are well written.  Sometimes I think I’ve been doing this long enough I can wing my way through projects.  This time I read over the tutorial multiple times before beginning but only referred to it here and there while actually sewing (tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!).  I forgot to leave an opening in the leg hole and ended up turning my whole suit through the tiny neck straps, talk about a tight squeeze!  Once I’d made the turn there was no going back 😉  The elastic could be tighter across the sides and I really should have used the optional back strap.  I may eventually seam rip it and adjust things to get a better fit but have decided to leave it for now.  This sporty style suits my oldest much better so I may try to make the adjustments for her instead (bonus when both girls have almost identical measurements except for height!).

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You win some, you lose some.  I’m grateful for these little misses that keep me on my toes and definitely keep me humble.  Sometimes things turn out exactly like you envision them and sometimes you chalk them up to learning experiences.  There is no growth in comfort and failure breeds wisdom- not necessarily what we would choose to experience but helpful to think about as we go through our own little challenges.

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In the end I couldn’t give up my dream of coordinating sibling looks.  I love these fabrics together.  I love that the fabric designers use the same colors so that many of the prints throughout the whole collection play so well together.  This teal and pink combo just screams summer to me.

Make sure you’re keeping up with all the stops on the tour.  I can’t believe the talent that I get to be a part of!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Suit Up For Summer With Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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We’re kicking off a fun and exciting blog tour today!  I’m so excited to be cohosting the Suit Up for Summer With Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swim Tour with Karly of Paisley Roots.  Karly and I hosted the Suit Up for Summer Tour a couple of summers ago and I’m thrilled to be sewing up swim again!  This time we’re so happy to be featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest swim collection.  There are so many prints to choose from and you can grab them on sale through Wednesday, March 13th.

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I’ll be bringing you posts all week, highlighting different aspects of swimwear sewing each day.  Today I’m happy to showcase sewing for the boys in your life.  These two kids were thrilled to have new coordinating suits just in time for our spring break.

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Charlie loves the color teal and picked out this classic gingham board short fabric.  The Raspberry Creek Fabrics Facebook group has gone nuts for the new Swim Boardies pattern from Lowland Kids and I jumped at the chance to sew it up.  I love when pattern releases and fabric releases seem so serendipitous!

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I sewed up a size 6/7 according to his measurements and love the fit.  They’re short and really show off his cute little legs.  He just turned 7 and I know he’s about to grow out of the ‘little kid’ stage but I’m happy to milk it as long as possible!

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This guy is just on the brink of out growing boys patterns.  I was planning on using my go to boys swim pattern, the Linden Shorts and Add-on Pack, but realized his recent growth spurt put him just out of size range (hooray for him, sad for me!).  I turned to my trusty Love Notions Patterns and the Kayak Boardshorts.  He fit perfectly into the size 14, hallelujah!

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I did a little pattern hacking to get the look he was after.  I cut them mid-thigh per his request- not too short and not too long.  The Kayak’s call for a knit waistband but I used the board short fabric and just cut it to fit the waist of the shorts, adding grommets and a drawstring to the waistband.  I also added a swim liner, using the 5 out of 4 Men’s Swim Trunks liner.  Sewn up in Striped Flamingo Board Short it’s the perfect swimsuit to keep him looking cool and on trend.

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I hope you’re excited for a week of incredible swimsuit inspiration!  You’ll see kids suits, women’s wear, learn new tips and tricks, and just be awestruck by the amazing bloggers joining the tour.

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom